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Vera Wang gives Kohl’s juniors the royal treatment

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Vera Wang, famous for her sought-after wedding gowns, knows that many women dream of looking like a princess on that big day, so it makes sense that the designer would bring the "princess" concept to a younger set.

The designer has teamed up wth Kohl’s Department Stores to launch Princess Vera Wang, a juniors contemporary, premium lifestyle collection now available exclusively at Kohl’s stores nationwide and Kohls.com.

The collection marks Wang’s first time designing for juniors and features apparel, jewelry, handbags and shoes that range in price from $16 to $98. The inaugural back-to-school assortment includes a variety of playful yet sophisticated options such as dresses, graphic print tees, printed denim, statement jewelry, brightly hued handbags and chic footwear.

“It was important to me that the Princess Vera Wang collection be versatile and speak to a new generation of young women, giving them the freedom to express their unique sense of personal style,” said Wang. “Each piece of this new collection at Kohl’s features exquisite design – including unexpected details and artful elements of whimsy – giving Princess Vera Wang its signature style that any young shopper will want to wear.”

Kohl’s first partnered with Vera Wang in 2007 for the successful launch of Simply Vera Vera Wang, a premium lifestyle collection, which expanded into cosmetics and bridal jewelry in spring 2012.

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Hilco Trading names chief marketer

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NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Hilco Trading has named Gary Epstein as chief marketing officer for the company. Epstein will be responsible for Hilco’s overall marketing strategy and execution, branding, market research, etc. across all of the operating companies. Epstein will be taking over the role from Rick Kaye, who has held the position for more than 10 years and will remain with the organization as an EVP until January 2013.

“We’re thrilled to have Gary join Hilco Trading LLC. His diversified background in corporate and institutional marketing and advertising agency operations and his collaborative style will help us continue to grow our organization,” said Jeffrey Hecktman, CEO of Hilco Trading.

Recently, Epstein was CEO for Abundant Ventures, running The Owned Agency, a digital content and media company. Prior to this role, Epstein was CEO of ReachMD LLC, a medical education company that included a 24/7 Sirius-XM radio station. In 2004, Epstein served as CMO for the American Medical Association. Prior to joining the AMA, Epstein worked in the advertising agency industry at JWY and at Euro RSCG Worldwide, where he served in critical roles, most notably as the CEO of one of Euro RSCG’s integrated North American agencies. In 2000, the AAF inducted Gary into its “Hall of Achievement,” which recognizes the industry’s most outstanding marketing professionals. He was also named in Chicago’s “40 under 40” by Crain’s Magazine in 1998.

The Hilco Organization is a provider of asset valuation, acquisition, disposition and financing to an international marketplace through multiple specialized business units. Hilco serves retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, importers and service providers, direct and through their financial institutions and consulting professionals.

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Hibbett to double DC size

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Regional sporting goods chain Hibbett Sports plans to begin construction this fall on a new distribution facility that will support more than 2,000 stores.

Hibbett on Monday announced plans to build, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, a wholesaling and logistics facility in Alabaster, Alabama. Construction on the new 360,000-square-foot facility is expected to commence in fall 2012 with the facility expected to be fully operational by fall 2014. Located on approximately 60 acres of land adjacent to Shelby County Airport and I-65, the new facility can be expanded up to 500,000 square feet. When completed, it will replace the company’s existing 180,000-square-foot facility in Birmingham.

“The current facility has supported our growth from 67 stores to 835 stores at the end of the first quarter,” said Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO. “With the ability to expand up to 500,000 square feet, the new wholesaling and logistics facility will be capable of supporting in excess of 2,000 stores and will enable us to continue growing in small markets where we are needed by communities, consumers, landlords and vendors.” |

Hibbett Sports operates sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominately in the Southeast, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic and the lower Midwest regions of the United States. The company’s primary store format is Hibbett Sports, a 5,000-square-foot store located in strip centers and enclosed malls.

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